Frequently Asked Questions:

The UK Government says electromagnetic exposure at below current thermal guideline levels is safe. Many people disagree. Should any of this concern you? As on-going research reveals new insights, better understanding of the biological effects of electromagnetic radiation is creating wider awareness and greater alarm. Electric Forester is amongst the vanguard of companies providing independent electromagnetic investigations as this emerging knowledge filters down to the General Public. Our investigations and surveys are designed to address the real electrosmog issues affecting house buyers and home owners today.

What is an environmental EMR investigation?

Much of the ElectroMagnetic Radiation we are all exposed to is outside our control. Non-elective exposures come from such things as Broadcast TV, Satellite, Wireless Hot-Spots, neighbours cordless phones and baby monitors - the list is being added to every day. Daily exposure levels are rising and many people are unaware of the beneficial effects, particularly on sleep quality, of controlling what they can. Significant electrosmog exposure occurs as a result of elective exposures from devices people typically have around them or appliances they bring into their homes. Electric Forester Investigations consider the types, sources and levels of electromagnetic exposure and our reports include cost-effective ways exposure can be reduced to levels as low as reasonably achievable - ALARA.

How close to pylons or their cables is safe?

How far away is far enough? What impact might visible pylons have on health and house prices now and in the future? Should health and well being be anything other than a passing concern? What about when you come to sell? Will prospective buyers be so happy to live as close to the pylons or cables, assuming they have not been upgraded during the intervening period? Electric Forester surveys consider the factors involved and report on their likely impact.

Do the same issues apply to other types of EMR?

Mobile phone masts worry many people and the signals do indeed make some people ill. How far away from masts is far enough, especially as more networks are added to existing structures? What about TV and radio broadcast towers or airport radar? Are they relevant? These are the sorts of issues we identify and on which we provide guidance.

What is the difference between a survey and an investigation?

Electric Forester conducts both. In a survey, we record what we find. In an investigation we expect to delve deeper and turn major appliances on and off to more accurately determine their contribution to a property’s level of electromagnetic pollution.

How can I ensure a house is safe before buying it?

Up to now it has been very difficult with the way houses are exchanged in the UK. Inevitably there are some risks which are difficult or impossible to quantify, especially in advance. Electric Forester is one of only a very few companies around the world who provide independent electromagnetic investigations and advice.

Why might I want an EMR survey now, when I have never needed one in the past?

The electromagnetic landscape has changed dramatically in the last few years, particularly as mobile and wireless networks have become commonplace. Demand for electricity continues to grow and most people's lives now rely heavily on electrical power and wireless communications for any number of modern essentials. Wirelessly enabled devices in homes and neighbouring properties, along with the on-going roll-out of terrestrial Digital TV and smart-meters are raising the level of everyone's lifetime exposure to pulsed digital microwave signals. Innovative satellite and other new wireless services will also contribute much more to people's daily exposure and this trend is likely to continue.

Doesn't The Government Protect us from such dangers?

The regulatory framework is under pressure as it becomes clear that an increasing number of people are adversely affected and severely disabled by exposure to electrosmog at the sorts of levels which are now commonplace. In its many, various and increasingly ubiquitous forms, existing guidelines consider thermal effects but do not take into account the effects of low-level non-thermal exposures that adversely affect some people. Society has billions of pounds invested in infrastructure and operations so it should come as no surprise that telecommunications and power companies, their shareholders and governments would rather this issue did not exist.